Normandale Timeline - 1968-1978

Normandale was actually the third college started by Mr. Lorenz, he also founded North Hennepin and Willmar

Dale Lorenz- Normandale's First President

April 1968 - The first Normandale catalog is published.  It is in a small format (6" x 9" ) and 73 pages in length.

August 1968 - Carlo Minnetti led the Normandale concert band from Normandale's opening in 1968 to his retirement 30 years later.

September 1968 - Normandale State Junior College opens its doors September 23, 1968 with an enrollment of 1,386.

August 1969 - Paul Clement and Sue Krystosek were nominated Normandale's first Snow King and Queen.  

September 1969 - Enrollment nearly doubles to over 2,500 students, making Normandale the largest community college in Minnesota.  

1970- Normandale's first commencement ceremony took place at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Chanhassen, MN.

1971- Normandale Theatre department presents, "The Caretaker," at the groundbreaking for the Fine Arts Building.

1972- The new Learning Resource Center opens.

1973- Normandale State Junior College becomes Normandale Community College

1974- Women's athletics introduced

Normandale Football- State Champs 1974

The Heart of a Lion- VIDEO

1975- College pioneers services to students with disabilities

1976- The swampy area behind Normandale Community College was transformed into a beautiful Japanese Garden.

1977- Normandale Community College Foundation incorporated

1978- The college features recognized programs in concert band, choir, theatre, forensics and art.